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First Anniversary - California Wild Ales - Ocean Beach

One-Year Anniversary in Ocean Beach

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Come Celebrate With Us

We are celebrating our first anniversary in the laid-back San Diego neighborhood of Ocean Beach. As part of the festivities, we are releasing several new beers including our first canned lager, a double hazy IPA (IIPA) made in collaboration with Thorn Street Brewing, a new barrel-aged fruited sour featuring prickly pear and passion fruit picked in Ocean Beach, and two limited release dark sour wild ales made in collaboration with Lost Cause Meadery. 

We invite Ocean Beach and the greater San Diego beer-loving community to raise a glass with us on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 2p.m. – 8p.m. PST at our Ocean Beach location at 4896 Newport Avenue. If you’re looking to send your taste buds on an adventure, swing by California Wild Ales and help us celebrate our first anniversary in Ocean Beach.

“The first-anniversary party (a.k.a. OB-One) salutes a significant milestone of San Diego’s funkiest brewery coming to San Diego’s funkiest neighborhood,” said Bill DeWitt co-founder of California Wild Ales. “To celebrate, we decided to throw a party with new beers, collaboration brews, specialty brews, and the debut of a new barrel-aged sour, OB-One.”

Since opening our barrel-aged brewery in 2016, owners Bill DeWitt and Zack Brager have pursued an unusual path in the San Diego brewery scene. Conceived initially as an all-sour barrel-aged bottle club, the two eventually decided to open their doors to the public in late 2017.  After operating a tasting room at the brewery in Sorrento Valley, the team at California Wild Ales set their sites on Ocean Beach. Since then, we have added “fresh” beer-flavored beers to our extensive sour lineup. Although we still focus on barrel-aged sours, we have also introduced a lager, hazy IPA, West Coast IPA, and a rotating hard seltzer.

“We knew from the start that OB was the place for us. Our funky sour beers and this funky coastal neighborhood are a perfect match. We can source fruit from the surrounding area, turn it into something unique and hyper-local and serve it right here at our tasting room,” said Bill DeWitt, co-founder of California Wild Ales. 

To create its commemorative IIPA, California Wild Ales teamed up with local OBcean and head brewer at Thorn Street Brewing, Shawn Steele. The IIPA, named Over the Hill was made using the 2021 San Diego Brewers Guild hop blend and Southern Passion hops giving this beer a juicy explosion of flavor. The aroma profile includes passion fruit, guava, red berries, melon, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Finally, as part of the one-year anniversary event, California Wild Ales will offer two limited-edition anniversary dark sours. One, a single barrel dark sour with blackberry and vanilla available only on tap. The other, a double barrel-aged dark sour with hazelnuts made in a barrel provided by Lost Cause Meadery will be available on draft and in an extremely limited 375ml bottles at the Ocean Beach location.

 

Admission is free, and all are welcome. California Wild Ales satellite tasting room is located in the heart of Ocean Beach at 4896 Newport Avenue. For more information about this event or a look at the tap lineup, visit their website at www.californiawildales.com or call 855-WILD-ALE (945-3253).

May the 4th Be With You - California Wild Ales - Star Wars Celebration

May the Fourth Be With You – 2022

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May the Fourth Be With You!

A long time ago in a beach town far, far away … A band of rebel brewers broke away from the IPA dominant galaxy and formed a Sour resistance to the Empire.  This Rebel Alliance, known as California Wild Ales, continues to produce Barrel-Aged, Funky Brews.

Join us in Ocean Beach this May 4th to celebratee all things Star Wars.  We have assembled an intergalactic lineup of Barrel-Aged Sour Beers and Hard Kombuchas featuring members of both The Rebel Alliance and The Darkside.

Rebel Alliance Lineup

  • May the Force Be With Yuzu
  • Han SoLoQuat
  • Padme Almondala
  • Chewboocha
  • The Mangolorian
  • OB-One

The Darkside Lineup

  • BanAnakin Skywalker
  • The Mangolorian
  • Mango Fett
  • The Darkside
  • Darth Citrius
  • Mai TIE Fighter
  • Dath Maulberry
  • Jabba the Hopp

All beers are available to drink onsite at our Ocean Beach tasting room.

We have a limited number of bottles available as well.  All of these are extremely small batches so come early to purchase your bottles.

 

In addition, we are holding a Star Wars costume contest. You are encouraged to come in dressed in costume for a chance to win Star Wars swag and some of this year’s bottles. No purchase is necessary.  We will also have Star Wars California Wild Ales stickers and Limited Edition Giclee Prints available on-site.

If you are unable to join the festivities on May 4th you are invited to come down for May the Sixth.

We look forward to seeing you this Wednesday, May 4th for San Diego’s largest Star Wars Tap-Takeover.

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Double Bottle Release

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Small Batch Release

Bottling up a wild-fermented beer is a remarkable thing. Still teeming with live yeast and bacteria, it will continue to evolve. When the pandemic hit, packaged beer was the name of the game. We started bottling everything to make sure we could get as much beer to our fans as possible. We have decided to be far more selective with what we put into bottles now that the pandemic. These selections will be minimal, some as low as only 30 bottles.

The highlight of this sale is the Raspberry Passion, a beer we thought so highly of we entered it into the World Beer Cup competition. Every year we get fresh passion fruit donated by the locals of ocean beach. This year’s batch was spectacular, exploding with the unique tropical flavor. There was enough of it, so pull just 30 gallons aside to play with, then it was a matter of finding the right fruit to pair. After some discussion, we settled on raspberries, and we could not be happier with the result. This beer explodes with a unique blend of tropical notes and bright berry flavor with just the perfect amount of acidity, a sweet tart in a bottle.

Only about 20 bottles remain, so grab them while you can. 

This month, the second release results from a relationship with a new local San Diego County farm called Dickinson Family Farms in Fallbrook. The first three fruit we acquired from them were Persimmons, Guavas, and Meyer Lemons, so we decided, along with some of the fresh OB Passion Fruit, we would make a fruit salad, and the result was magical. The citrus blends perfectly with the tropical flavors of the Passion Fruit and guava with the rich, sweet, almost honey-like flavor of the persimmon rounding the whole mix out and adding body. This combo was a true treat that we will keep in our back pocket for next year.

Only 70 of these bottles are around, so don’t miss out.

Dark Sour Night - California Wild Ales - San Diego Beer Week

Barrel-Aged Dark Sour Night!

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Dark Sours are Flowing at CWA!

It’s happening today, November 13th! Join us as we tap two of our Barrel-Aged Dark Sours. This will be the first time we have shared our dark sours with anyone outside our bottle club. So if you love dark sour beer and a funky good time, then this is the perfect day for you to visit California Wild Ales.

Our Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour is aged for 12 months in a freshly emptied Bourbon Barrel. We then transferred this glorious liquid into a freshly emptied Maple Bourbon Barrel that previously held Modern Times Monster’s Park. We then gave it an additional six months of rest. The various spirit barrels bring a new life to this beer. As this beer conditions for months, it incorporates some of the bourbon and stout characteristics. Dominated by dark fruit aromas and flavors, the underlying chocolate notes give this way to a tart berry finish.

Next up is our Winner Winner Liquid Dinner! Again, we took our Dark Sour and aged it in freshly emptied Bourbon Barrels for 12 months. We then rested this splendid sour liquid on fresh California Cherries for an additional three months. Flavors of tart cherry, oak, and roastiness undeniably meld together with a punch of sour goodness.  

Open today at noon. So come on in, and let’s get the weekend started in style,

This is going to be an excellent introduction to dark sours. Please join us at either our Sorrento Valley or Ocean Beach location to experience our very first Dark Sour Night.

Lineup for SD Beer Week

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s San Diego Beer Week and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!

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Grapes of Wrath – A Wine Grape / Sour Beer Experience

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Wine Grapes and Sour Beer … Best Friends

Join us this Friday, November 12, as we tap four new wine grape sours in honor of San Diego Beer Week. We are absolutely obsessed with our Wine Grape Sours, and we are excited to share them with the craft beer community.

We will feature four wine grape sour ales.

Viognier (“Vee-on-yeah”) Piquette
Viognier grape hast the scent of Honeysuckle and Jasmine and the rich flavors of Apricot and Peach. Ripening in warm sunshine, this beer is quite heady and exotic with spicy undertones of Gingerbread and plenty of body.

Petite Sirah Wild Ale
Petite Sirah grape has a deep color violet color and bold tannins. Fruit is the dominant flavor, with Plum and Blueberry being the most distinct. Additional flavors are Dark Chocolate, Pepper, and Black Tea.

Ongemang (“On-Je-Mang”) – Wine Grape Blend
The word Ongemang comes from Old English, which combines “in” and “mingling.” It has been described as “Exploring the spaces in between.” We felt like this was the perfect expression to represent our first blended wine grape sour made with a blend of Petite Sirah and Viognier grapes.

Echoes of Muscat
Echoes of Muscat Wild Ale are made in with fermented Muscat grape pomace that we got from our friends at Charlie Echo Wine.   These grapes have a musky aroma, sweet, honeyed flavor, and rich fruit and floral notes.

This is going to be an excellent introduction to the world of wine-grape sours. Please join us at either our Sorrento Valley or Ocean Beach location to experience the Grapes of Wrath.

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s San Diego Beer Week and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!

Our Sorrento Valley location has ten sours on tap as well as a crushable lager.  If you make your way to Ocean Beach you can enjoy ten sours on tap, four beer-flavored beers, and a hard yerba mate.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

Lineup for SD Beer Week
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Stone Fruit Frenzy

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Join Us for Some Stone Fruit Sours

Stone Fruit & Sour Beer…is there anything better? We don’t think so. That’s why for this year’s San Diego Beer Week, we are tapping three delicious stone fruit beers. Ocean Peach, Del Mar Nectarine, and Salted Plum.

Ocean Peach Wild Ale

We started with our golden ale that we aged 12 months in oak barrels to produce tart flavors, fruity notes, and a funky character. We then added a ridiculous amount of Ocean Beach peaches to our golden sour base.

Del Mar Peach

We reached out to our good friend Eric for some of his homegrown nectarines, and man, are we glad we did. These nectarines are bursting with stone fruit deliciousness. We added these beauties to our barrel-aged golden sour and let them sit for around three months. The result speaks for itself… you have to try this one.

Salted Plum

For our third beer of the frenzy, we found some over-ripe plums that were begging to become beer. We took these plums and gave them the love they deserved. We rested them on barrel-aged golden sour for six months. We then added a healthy amount of Maldon Sea Salt. The salty and sour combination will leave you thirsting for more.

Every one of these beers was made with a ridiculous amount of Stone Fruit…almost 3 pounds per gallon. Taste the difference that a ton of fruit imparts!

Available for a short time!

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s San Diego Beer Week and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!

Our Sorrento Valley location has ten sours on tap as well as a crushable lager.  If you make your way to Ocean Beach you can enjoy ten sours on tap, four beer-flavored beers, and a hard yerba mate.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

Lineup for SD Beer Week
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SD Beer Week 2021

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13th Annual SD Beer Week

San Diego County, California, has been called “the Craft Beer Capital of America”.  San Diego County is home to over 150 craft breweries – which is the most of any county in the United States.

So when San Diego does BEER WEEK… we go all out!

We know you have a ton of beer to choose from (predominantly IPAs) but we hope you make some time to sip on sours with your friends at California Wild Ales.

We are excited to be hosting SDBW at both our Sorrento Valley and Ocean Beach locations!

Join us November 5-14 as we pack our taps with tons of new beers over the 9 days of SD Beer Week.

The lineup of Beer Releases

Salted Cucumber – November 5

Pickle Rick Day – November 6

  • Pickle Rick – Homegrown Cucumbers, Fresh Dill, Malden Sea Salt, Black Peppercorns.
  • Spicy Pickle Rick – Homegrown Cucumbers, Fresh Dill, Malden Sea Salt, Black Peppercorns, and Heatpackers

Michelada Flights – November 7-8

San Diego’s Best Michelada served 5 ways!

  • Bike Lane Lager served with a Lime Wedge
  • Salted Cucumber served with a Cucumber Slice
  • Pickle Rick served with a Pickle Slice
  • Spicy Pickle Rick served with a Dehydrated Lime Slice
  • Mexican Candy served with a Tajin Rim

Blues and Brews / Taste of OB – November 9

Musical Stylings of St James

Ocean Beach Passion Fruit, 5% ABV

Border X Collab Brew – November 10

Barrel-Aged Blood Orange Saison blended with our Golden Sour,  7% ABV

Stone Fruit Frenzy – November 11

  • Ocean Peach Wild Ale, 5% ABV
  • Del Mar Nectarine Wild Ale,  5% ABV
  • Salted Plum Sour, 5% Abv

Grapes of Wrath – November 12

  • Petie Syrah Piquette, 5% ABV
  • Echoes of Grenache, 5% ABV
  • Viognier Piquette, 5% ABV
  • Ongemang Blend, 5% ABV

Dark Sour Night – November 13

  • Winner Winner Liquid Dinner, 9% ABV  – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Sour with Cherries
  • Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour, 11% ABV – Bourbon Barrl-Aged for 12 Months and then transferred into a Maple Bourbon Barrel that previously held Modern Times Monster Park Stout.

Thunderhawk Collab Sour Saison – November 14

This beauty has been three years in the making!  Here is your chance to taste what could be the last Thunderhawk brew in town,  7.5% ABV

Who’s Ready to Get Funky?

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

As always we keep 10 sours on tap at our tasting room.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

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NFL and Da Chicago Bears!

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DA Bears All Season Long

Join us at our Ocean Beach location as we cheer on Da Bears all season.  We open early on Sunday (9:30 am) so that we are able to watch the Monsters of the Midway take the field.

Co-Owner Bill is passionate about the Chicago Bears… so you best believe you will see him there during game time.   You will most likely hear “Bear Down, Chicago Bears” (fight song) every time the Bears score.  We have also been known to blast the 1985 hip-hop classic the  “Super Bowl Shuffle”.  So bring on Atlanta, bring on Dallas …this is for Mike and Papa Bear Halas!

We have 10 Sour Beers on tap as well as an assortment of other beers and fermented drinks.  If you are not into sours quite yet we have a West Coast IPA, Hazy IPA, Pale Ale, Lager, Hard Kombucha, and either a Hard Seltzer or Hard Yerba Maté.  We’ve got something for everyone.

So toss on your Chicago Bears jersey and come on down to hang with your friends at California Wild Ales OB.

Week 1: Bears at Rams, Sunday, Sept. 12, 5:20pm

Week 2: Bengals at Bears, Sunday, Sept. 19, 10am

Week 3: Bears at Browns, Sunday, Sept. 26, 10am

Week 4: Lions at Bears, Sunday, Oct. 3, 10am

Week 5: Bears at Raiders, Sunday, Oct. 10, 1:05pm

Week 6: Packers at Bears, Sunday, Oct. 17, 10am

Week 7: Bears at Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 24, 1:25pm

Week 8: 49ers at Bears, Sunday, Oct. 31, 10am

Week 9: Bears at Steelers, Monday, Nov. 8, 5:15pm

Week 10: Bye week

Week 11: Ravens at Bears, Sunday, Nov. 21, 10am

Week 12: Bears at Lions, Thursday, Nov. 25, 11:30am

Week 13: Cardinals at Bears, Sunday, Dec. 5, 10am

Week 14: Bears at Packers, Sunday, Dec. 12, 5:20pm

Week 15: Vikings at Bears, Monday, Dec.20, 5:15pm 

Week 16: Bears at Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 26, 1:05pm

Week 17: Giants at Bears, Sunday, Jan. 2, 10am

Week 18: Bears at Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 9, 10am

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

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Phish Couch Tour

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Phish Fall Tour at CWA OB

We had such a great time during the summer run, we decided to stream every show of Phish’s Fall Tour.  Join us at our Ocean Beach tasting room and let’s have a funky good time.

We lower the lights and turn the volume to 11, as we gather to rock out to our favorite band from Vermont.

We have 10 Sour Beers on tap as well as an assortment of other beers and fermented drinks.  If you are not into sours quite yet we have a West Coast IPA, Hazy IPA, Pale Ale, Lager, Hard Kombucha, and either a Hard Seltzer or Hard Yerba Maté.  We’ve got something for everyone.

October 15 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
October 16, 17 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
October 19, 20 – Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
October 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
October 23 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union
October 24 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
October 26 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
October 28 – 31  Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

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Comic-Con Tap Takeover

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3rd Annual Comic-Con Tap Takeover

Calling all intergalactic bounty hunters, superheroes, zombies, Trekkies, Hufflepuff’s, anime characters, to stop by our tasting rooms from July 23-25th for a Comic-Con-themed beer release and costume contest.  This year we will be celebrating Comic-Con at both our Sorrento Valley Barrel House and our Ocean Beach Tasting Room.

As part of the release, we are offering 18 sour ales, including: “Cherry Potter,” “Pickle Rick,” “Daenerys Tar-Berry-an,” “Mr. Tea,” “Berry Allen,” and “SpongeBob Sour Pants,” and more.  For a complete list of beers visit 2021 Comic-Con Beer Lineup

In addition, we are having a Comic-Con costume contest. We encourage you to come by the brewery and have their photos taken or email photos of yourself in costumes for a chance to win Comic-Con swag and beer. No purchase is necessary. We will post all images to social media, and the winner with the most “likes” wins. To enter, please email pictures to: info@californiawildales.com

One of the best things about Comic-con is the costumes.  It’s an art form, and here at California Wild Ales, we are huge fans of all things pop culture. That’s why from July 23 to July 25, we’re giving people the opportunity to wear those costumes proudly

We hope these fun, funky flavors inspire sour beer lovers to put on their cape and believe in their inner superhero. So enjoy a delicious sour beer and join us for our yearly celebration.

We are releasing 18 sour beers, including a few flavors from our recent “May the 4th Be With You –  Star Wars Day” event.  For a complete lineup of our 2021 Comic-Con beers please visit our 2021 Comic-Con Beer Lineup

All beers are available for on-site pick up at the California Wild Ales brewery and tasting room located at 4202 Sorrento Valley Blvd.

Bottles will be available for pickup a few days before Comic-Con starting on Wednesday, July 20, from 12 pm-6 pm.  

Lineup of Comic-Con Beers

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s Comic-Con event and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!

Our Sorrento Valley location has ten sours on tap as well as a crushable lager.  If you make your way to Ocean Beach you can enjoy ten sours on tap, four beer-flavored beers, and a hard yerba mate.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.